Josh Gelfand is a staff writer living in San Francisco, though he was born and raised on the freeways of Los Angeles and spent many years in San Diego. He is a living model of what can be achieved when Californians bridge the north-south chasm and come together as one. He received his MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

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Study: BP Oil Spill Can Cause Lasting Damage to Fish

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of New Orleans cuisine, my 5th thought after last year’s BP oil spill gulf disaster (after “good lord, haven’t they been through enough?” “of course Halliburton is connected to this,” “at least this will get people to reconsider all the drilling,” and “so much for scuba diving off the east coast … Continued

“Dolphin-Safe” Tuna Label in Jeopardy

Oh dolphins. So smart and cute and playful, they’re like the labradoodle of the sea. Sure, some may consider them to be the honey badger of the sea with their ravenous and unquenchable thirst for murder, but they also provide so many college girls with the perfect tattoo image. Whichever way you feel about dolphins, … Continued

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Waste Management 2010 CSR Report: Ambition and Clarity

Waste. The byproduct of consumer culture is the bane of environmentalists. We have chanted the mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” for more than a generation, yet our entire economy is based on wasteful consumption with packaging, material byproducts and the like rising exponentially throughout the Age of Convenience. As a result, waste processors have become … Continued

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Sustainability at Monsanto: Oxymoron?

Monsanto, known and sometimes criticized for their role in the proliferation of genetically modified crops in the US and the world, has released their 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The company, accused by some as “poisoning the world’s food supply,” monopolizing the seed market and even contributing to rural suicides in India, is lauding their sustainability efforts. … Continued

EPA Issues Plan for GHG Regulation

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set forth plan to set standards for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the heaviest polluters. In a landmark announcement, in line with their relatively new jurisdiction over GHG regulations within the Clean Air Act, the EPA announced that they will issue more specific standards in the upcoming year. … Continued

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California to Create the Nation’s First-of-its-Kind Carbon Market

“The King is dead! Long live the King!” I never really understood what that phrase meant – until now. Supporters of carbon markets witnessed the death of any potential for a climate bill in the US, at least until after the 2012 election. The Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary emissions exchange platform built as the … Continued

No Fracking Way part 2: New York Moratorium Signed

As reported last week, the state of New York was considering a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for natural gas exploration. Over the weekend Governor David Patterson signed a seven month moratorium on the most potentially destructive methods of horizontal fracturing, although many climate hawks would have preferred a more … Continued

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Billionaire Richard Branson Calls For a Global Carbon Tax

Sir Richard Branson, the brash, suave, billionaire adventurer has suggested that a carbon tax can stave off a global climate crisis, as long as it is systemically and equitably implemented. In Cancún for the UN climate talks, Branson suggested that businesses and entrepreneurs could reach emission reduction goals if world governments were unable to reach … Continued

Carbon War Room’s Gigaton Award Winners Announced

The Carbon War Room, the Sir Richard Branson non-profit organization that encourages and develops market-driven climate solutions, has announced the winners of their Gigaton Awards at the Cancún Climate Summit. According to the CWR, “The Gigaton Awards seeks to bring prestige and recognition to companies showing leadership in emissions reductions and sustainable practices, thereby engendering … Continued

No Fracking Way: Will New York Ban Hydraulic Fracturing?

It looks like one of the more controversial methods of gas extraction is coming under greater regulatory scrutiny: New York is considering becoming the first state to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” The state assembly voted 93-43 to impose a temporary moratorium on the practice which would extend until May … Continued